Dragon Seed, and Hepburn's performance in it, aren't intentionally or even inadvertently racist, but purely a sign of the times. There's just no way the role would've been cast to form in 1944, of all years. Hepburn is just fine as Chinese heroine Jade, but we couldn't help but be distracted by the visual tricks used to make her look more Asian, particularly the faux slanted eyes.
10. Katharine Hepburn as Jade in Dragon Seed (1944)